This mid-performance ball by Roto Grip called the Wrecker has the same Neutron core as the Shatter, Rising Star, and Shooting Star. This is a late rolling core that provides length and strong down-lane motion. The 52ML coverstock is a hybrid reactive cover formulated for medium to light oil conditions. This coverstock helps you clear the front end and gives you more control a the breakpoint. With this unique coverstock and core combination you will see an earlier and more consistent reaction than the Shatter in the medium to light oil conditions.
This is an ideal ball for the league bowler. I have not found a better mid-priced ball on the market. I drilled this ball pin up with the CG swung out about an inch. When my Storm IQ Tour won't make the turn, my Wrecker will with no problem. I bowl a lot of tournaments, and this ball is always in my bag. This ball gives me so much backend that I can play almost anywhere I like, and the carry with this ball is great
Shot 245-213-270 right out of the box, average 201 in my league, love how it hits the pocket everytime
This ball has a strong finish which allows me to relax and really hit my mark and watch it finish in the pocket consistently. Very strong finishing in the pocket, ball.
I had it drilled 6" from PAP to go long on drier patterns. I was surprised when it took a left turn at my break point. This ball is controllable and consistent though.
I am a 202 average bowler. I bowl one night a week in a 35 week league. I got this ball last night and the first time I threw it was in my league last night. 236, 258, 213... 707 series. This ball is hot right out of the box! I had tons of room and the backend on this ball is loaded. I highly recommend this ball for an average league bowler. I was down to this ball or the Storm IQ (gold ball) and I'm very happy I chose this one. Not only was it $70 cheaper, it is better for a league bowler.
I tested my Wrecker on my 39-foot house shot. The 1500 polished Hybrid reactive finish worked well for this condition. I pushed the ball to the dry area to gain some friction.
My Disturbed is drilled with the pin above the fingers with the CG in the palm. I wanted to have a ball that would compliment my Shooting Star and have a nice skid flip reaction. This ball produced about 3-5 inches of flare. The ball skidded nicely through the heads as I played just inside the oil line skidding out to the dryer boards. Once the ball encountered some friction, it revved up nicely and made a pronounced move to the pocket. ?As with all Roto Grip balls, it drove through the pin deck.
The Wrecker has a very predictable reaction, and with the 2.55 RG and .042 differential makes it a great addition for the lower rev medium speed league player who needs the extra length from the polished cover when the lanes begin to breakdown.
What I enjoyed the most about this ball is the late breaking skid flip reaction. It produced a nice dramatic hook to the pocket and devastated the pins. What a fun ball to throw.
The Wrecker is a nice go to ball for the league bowler and is good compliment to the Shatter or the Shooting Star. This ball will make a nice addition to anyone's arsenal.
Roto Grip Staff
First night out of the box took about a half game to get it right, once I did shot 192-274-233 for a 699 series. I am a 200 average bowler so pleased with the first night, the ball is very nice to control and the backend is amazing, it wrecks the pins. I had 22 strikes and only left 2 ten pins, normally I will leave a half dozen or more corner pins. I missed a couple spares or would have been near a 750 series. I feel this ball will challenge my high game 299 and high series of 768, love the look and cant wait to throw it again. I highly recommend this ball.
I got this ball a few days ago because ALL of my friends recommended it. I had a tournament today and bowled a 662 scratch and 737 handicap and I am in 1st place for boy's handicap series and 1st in boy's scratch game with a 259. I was looking for a ball that I could get down lane and have a sharp break point and let me tell you, this was the right ball. If you pull the ball it has a later break point and if you miss right it will recover with OUTSTANDING back end with very quick roll. Buy this for tournaments, league, anything!!! Go Roto Grip!!!
Wrecker drilled for Senior LH Stroker. 3 inch pin below ring finger, w/ CG out 1 inch W/ X-hole. Sp.14 mph...I had the Wrecker drilled March 4th before league that night.With 10 mins. warm up, shot 258-258-290-806 out of the box. This house is a little dryer than some, so I had to stand 12 boards right of center & keep hand behind ball, going 12 to 5 with the ball getting down lane with smooth arc to pocket & 10 in the pit..only 2- 7 pins. 3 nights later...diff. house & league w/wider oil pattern, I moved back left 6 boards & 10 to 5 for 300-257-243-800...1st back to back 8's for this 75 yr. old LH Stroker..No need to shine this ball...Its hard to believe a ball in this price range can hit so hard & take out the corners...but, than again its a RG...Larry Hoffman, RG Advisory Staff.
I took on a fresh 41' house shot. My game is that I'm a tweener with about 300rpm and 15.5 mph ball speed. When I tried to throw this ball around the 10th board out to the 5th board with my lack of ball speed, the Wrecker went sideways and finished high or through the nose. So I thought about a surface change. I took a 4000 pad and hand sanded the Wrecker to dull it down a little. After sanding it, I played the lanes 10 to 5 and the ball was a little earlier but the backend motion was a lot smoother. So I then moved left to about 13 to 5 and the extra head oil helped me get the extra length I needed with a strong but continuous backend. These latest balls from Roto Grip are going to be great additions to the best ball line on the planet. Great job Utah!!!!
For me this ball REALLY came to life after the surface change. Never be scared to change the surface of any bowling ball to get a different reaction for your game.
Weight: 15 lbs
Pin Length: 2 1/2 "
Drilling: Pin above fingers, stacked
Pattern Length: 40 ft.
Pattern Volume: Medium
Pattern Type: THS
I tested the Wrecker on our 40 ft. house pattern, at box finish (1500 grit polished).
This ball gets through the heads smoothly. It gets down lane, but is no weakling on the backend. This ball makes a strong skid/flip motion to the pocket coming off the pattern, and continues right on through the pins. This has become my favorite piece for the 40' house pattern. I'm finding that even as the pattern dries up and I need to move in, the Wrecker still does not quit!
I also found it to work well on Kegel middle of the road pattern later in the day, when Defiant Soul became too much.
Roto Grip Amateur Staff Member
The Roto Grip Wrecker works well for me when the lanes are blended and I need a ball to recover. The Wrecker and the Shatter are very similar for me. The only difference is that the Wrecker is about 3 to 4 boards stronger especially in the mid lane. I changed the cover on the Wrecker to 2000 and on a house pattern I had everything hold and push and recovery!
I drilled the Wrecker 45 X 5 ¼ X 75 or basically pin slightly under ring finger with cg kicked out with a balance hole on my VAL. I changed the surface to 2000 and that made this ball a keeper. My lower rev rate (300) and my style more of a tweener and not a lot of axis tilt the polish for me leads to a lot of over/under. The most success that I found with the Wrecker is on the lower volume sports/PBA patterns that have you play to the right and then migrate left like the Viper, Cheetah, and or Kegel patterns that range in the mid to higher 30 foot length. The Wrecker is a medium strength bowling ball that generates length with a powerful backend motion!
Dan Schaden Jr
Storm/ Roto Grip Staff
Vise Grip Staff
Ball specs – 15 lbs 1 oz, 3.17 top weight, 3.25 -inch pin.
The Wrecker, which is a polished hybrid, was drilled using the dual angle method. The layout is a 4 ½ inch pin, 55-degree drill angle and a 70-degree VAL angle. An x-hole was needed and was placed at the P2.5 location. Using Storm's layout terminology the layout would be 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 with a 4 1/8 inch pin buffer. The cover was initially left OOB which is 1500 polished.
Let's start by saying the Wrecker is a great looking ball with a dark blue and white pearl color scheme. The Wrecker was thrown on a fresh 41 foot, 24 micro liter house shot. The Wrecker was super clean through the fronts and when it saw the friction on the backend it hooked quick and a lot. I feel the backend reaction is stronger than the Shatter. The Wrecker was just too strong down lane for this house pattern and I had to put it away. After league I hit it with a 4000 abralon pad by hand and tried it again. This did smooth the reaction some but it was still very clean up front and strong down lane.
If you're looking for a skid/snap reaction or need some help on the back end of the lane on medium conditions, the new HP2 Wrecker will fit the bill.
RG amateur staff
Wrecker#1: Layout: 45 x 3 3/8 x 50 box condition
Tested on: Earl Anthony pattern, 40ft HPL THS and 41ft THS on ½ HPL and ½ HPL.
This ball tested great on all patterns and I used it in a recent tournament to see how the ball would react to carry down. I followed 3 other left handers. It worked well on the sport pattern for the first 6 games, and after that it started to go a little too long before it would make any kind of mood which would be expected. The hitting power of this car was simply amazing. This ball hit like a freight train with 100 train cars attached. I was able to use it in league without many adjustments with my feet and my target
Wrecker #2: Layout: 60 x 4 x 70 2000ab
Tested on: Tested on: 40ft HPL THS and 41ft THS on ½ HPL and ½ HPL.
Tested this ball hoping to find a true roller ball for when I need to get inside and not a ton of hook. With the layout and the 2000ab, this ball was just what I was looking for. Super roll producer and very calm and tender in the back end, very easy when working a true inside shot or playing 5th or 6th arrow and allowing the ball to stay inside of the track area. It also worked well if I stood on 12 and looked 7-8 on the THS on both lane surfaces with making slight change in my release and make it do a little end over end voodoo roll.
Roto Grip Wrecker
PAP – 5 over and ½ up
Ball Speed: 15-17 mph
Rev Rate 300-350
Layout: 4 x 4 x 2
Surface Preparation: OOB (1500 grit polished)
What I wanted from this Ball: With its hybrid cover stock, I wanted really good length and a consistent snap to the pocket.
Result: Exactly what I expected. I got fantastic length with a strong snap to the pocket no matter what line I played.
I tested this ball on our typical house shot which is a non forgiving pattern. 18ft of gutter to gutter oil and buffed another 12ft. Keep in mind, we also have wood lanes. Our typical house shot is pretty tough and over a period of 6 games, an out of bounds forms on the lanes and a dry middle creating over under effect. The first 3 games on a fresh oil pattern, The ball had a great reaction. I played my normal line which is 15 out to 8 and destroyed the pins. The next 3 games, I moved in to 17 and tightened my line up only going out to 10 board. This ball amazed me and kept its great continuation through the dryer front portion of our lanes and snapped hard on the end.
I absolutely love this ball and think everyone else will too. I drilled up another one slightly calmer for nights when the pattern seems dryer and my break point inside is quicker. I would recommend this ball highly to anyone on a medium to short oil pattern.
Pro Shop Staff
I would say, this is a ball you need in your bag! When conditions change or my other ball is finishing like how I would like. I go to this ball everytime!!!
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I purchased this ball only about two months ago, because I needed a ball that hits a little harder than my Freeze Hybrid, plus I needed a ball to compliment my Gamebreaker. I also did,nt want or need to spend a fortune on a ball. At the advice of my friend and the pro-shop guy, I took a chance. And man do I love this ball, it is perfect for my type of style bowling(tweener). I usually throw the ball between the 8-10 board, and between 14.50-15.50 MPH. This ball is highly recommended, especially on dry-medium lanes.
Layout is pin under ring finger; cg is shifted out with a balance hole.
I am a left handed tweener with a 325 rev rate.
The shatter is another great value ball from Roto Grip. The performance is fantastic, and for the price it cannot be beaten. The new hybrid coverstock lets the ball clear the front and continues on the backend. I can use this ball on a variety of conditions, including typical house shots. I have also had success using this ball on medium-short patterns.
I have tried this ball at multiple surfaces, and it has shown me that it is very versatile. This ball shines up well to get through the heads and save energy for maximum backend reaction. Even at 1000 grit, it still cleared the heads and continued on the backend.
If you are looking for high performance at a great price point, than look no further.
Roto Grip Amateur Staff
this would make a great give by my 3rd game I shoot a 300 game with the wreker
don't have anything to say about it at this time, still learning the shot with this ball. I just had the surfaced polished so i'm still experimenting with it.
This ball raised my average from 199 to 206 more than halfway through the season. Hits hard. I had it drilled straight up.
Love this ball you can use it on more then light oil.
The ball to me was not as advertised about being for light to medium oil. I used the ball on fresh house patterns and I had to stand all the way to the left of the approach and throw the ball to the right channel and it still over reacted. I had a good first game but after that it went downhill at one bowling center I bowl on Sunday. I cannot use it at my Tuesday night league. It may be the ball was not drilled correctly for me.